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Sarasota Wine Bar and Bistro

$$ - $$$
American, Wine Bar, Bar, Pizza
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1528 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803 (S Lemon Ave)
+1 941-366-0935
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Wed - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the selection of great wines and picking the size of the sample. Accompanying food was yummy. Had a flatbread and key lime pie. Delicious. Live music not so good.

Thank jettalady23
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has a nice patio to relax and people watch. The wine selection was nice and the service was also really friendly.

Thank elizabeppes2017
Sarasota, Florida
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

I have been here in the past... but extremely disappointed this time. One section of white wines had a paper towel covering it (unavailable). One of the round sections was half empty, the other half a duplicate of items already available. I walked in, and only 4 customers were present. No one greeted me. I walked to the bar and... More 

Thank stacygroff
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177 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

What's great about this place? How do I begin. First of all, this place is under new management, which is to say it has actually returned to the original management after a hiatus of several years. The current owners could not be nicer or more helpful and knowledgeable. I went with my date and they walked us through exactly how... More 

Thank Liz R
Syracuse, New York
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

First of all, I love a decent wine bar, so I was thrilled to find this place in my new city's downtown area. Unfortunately, no one seems to know anything about the wines, and one of the banks of white wines has been unavailable since I first visited the place in June 2016, or before perhaps. I really enjoy learning... More 

Thank TheCat495
Bradenton, Florida
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2016

Someone has invested a lot of money into the Coravin wine system in this little place. The rest of the decor/ambiance is small, but homey and cute. The problem is that the rows of bottles under gas give the place all the charm of an auto plant. One never gets to touch or handle a bottle or even read a... More 

2 Thank Bob M
Sarasota, Florida
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

I love this concept for a wine bar with the self-dispensing machines; allows for variety of choices and sampling sizes but service and food quality is considerably sub-par. First of all, staff did not seem well-educated about wines and descriptions were not readily available; it wasn't always possible to read labels...isn't that the whole point of this concept: to discover... More 

1 Thank solgypsy
Longboat Key, Florida
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2016

Good selection of wines to try in whatever size pour you wish. One in party wanted beer- and they supposedly have an assortment of craft beers but they weren't listed on menu and waitress said she only knew they had Bud and Bud Lite (not what was wanted). We were there on Sat. evening about 8:00 and there were only... More 

2 Thank LbkFla
Central Florida, Florida
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

Great place to sample a variety of delicious wines and cheeses. Tonight there was live music. Friendly staff and charming setting. I'll be back!

1 Thank born_to_fun
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407 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a great concept for people who want to try a large variety of wines. They have machines that dispense the desired portion of wine. I recommend try it here.

Thank Sean B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $15
American, Wine Bar, Bar, Pizza
Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1528 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
    (S Lemon Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-366-0935
Come join us for a glass of fine wine
With over 100 wines in stock to choose from, we have something for everyone from the experienced sommelier to the novice wine taster.

We feature an eclectic selection of cheeses and charcuteries from around the world to pair with your wines.
Come for wine and stay for dinner!!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?